Advent and Expectation

Posted on 17. Dec, 2015 in Advent, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings

Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The word Advent means “coming” or arrival and it symbolises the spiritual journey of waiting. It was also traditionally a time of fasting. Prof Siobhán Garrigan, the Loyola Chair of Catholic Theology and Director of the Loyola Institute, […]

LBGT Christmas Carol Service

Posted on 10. Dec, 2015 in Christian Values, Christmas, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Mass, Sexuality

The 17th Annual LGBT Christmas Carol service will take place on Saturday the 12th of December. The guest speaker will be Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International and money collected with go to the Peter McVerry Trust. Music will be sung by the Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus. Brian Glennon is organising it this year. […]

New Year Resolutions

Posted on 01. Jan, 2015 in Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

We start the year looking back. Here are some pieces from 2005 showing us the timeless nature of New Year and Resolutions. Carmel Wynne is a successful counsellor, writer and Life Couch, who has helped numerous people transform their lives. She is the author of a book and numerous articles on coaching. With all that advice available […]

Choir at St. Ann’s

Posted on 25. Dec, 2014 in Christmas, Homelessness, Music Therapy

One of the Choirs that joined the Black Santa annual collection in Dawson’s street, Dublin was the Dublin Male Voice Choir. Miriam met Áine Mulvey, musical director and Frank Guifoyle, chairperson of the Choir to find out more about their choir on the day that they were singing outside St. Ann’s. Website is

True Meaning of Christmas

Posted on 18. Dec, 2014 in Christmas, Family, Seasons of the Church Year

What is the true meaning of Christmas?  This is a question that presents itself every year amid the hype and over spending.  Pat Coyle put this question to Frances Hogan, a lay missionary and educator.  Here Frances gives us some new and interesting insights into what we are really celebrating this Christmas.

Christmas Season

Posted on 27. Dec, 2012 in Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year, Uncategorized

Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson took part in this year’s annual Black Santa collection outside St. Ann’s Church on Dawson Street. Miriam Gormally met him there and asked him about the collection, the Church and the things that we can remember to do over the season of Christmas in order to protect our spiritual […]

Christmas story

Posted on 20. Dec, 2012 in Christmas, Church Teachings, Gospel Values, Seasons of the Church Year

Pope Benedict’s new book Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives caused some controversy when it exposed some of the Christian traditions as myth, explaining that the only consistent account was that Jesus was born to Mary in a manger in Bethlehem. The rest is open to speculation. Miriam Gormally talks with Pat Rogers c.p. about whether the truth behind the story […]

Home Alone for Christmas

Posted on 20. Dec, 2012 in Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

The reality of  Irish emigration continues to be a tragedy for Irish families. It is particularly hard during the Christmas Season, when families traditionally gather. Geraldine Kellett’s daugher, son-in-law and her new grandchild are all living in Australia. Her husband has joined them for Christmas leaving her home alone. She talks to Miriam Gormally about […]

Global Gifts

Posted on 13. Dec, 2012 in Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

Pakistan has had three consecutive years of devastating monsoon floods, which have destroyed livelihoods and left behind lingering food shortages and hunger. Eamonn Meehan, deputy director of Trócaire has just recently returned from there. He talks with Miriam Gormally about how people are living in dire situations and how education is one of the key hopes […]


Posted on 29. Dec, 2009 in Christmas

January is usually the month for trying to deal with all the bills that have mounted up over Christmas.  For some people paying these bills can be a huge problem.  Michael Culloty from MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) talked with Miriam Gormally about how people can overcome these difficulties.  He began by explaining some […]